Re: Black Gold, Texas Tea

Gerald Hook

My FRISCO passenger timetable collection is a bit spotty.  The August 1953 issue is the last one that shows trains 517-518 going to both Dallas and Ft Worth.  From what I see in Table 17 below, it certainly appears the train called at Dallas Union Terminal, then turned and went on to Ft Worth. 


How did they time to turn the “Gold” in Dallas in just 20 minutes ???  Knowing DUT crews performed switching, they would have used Union Terminal’s Wye, and those fellas with 7-Spot never moved that fast !!!  So who was it done ?? 


Note, the timetable allowed 1’10” between Dallas and Ft Worth which suggests routing over the RI.  Hummmm


Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR



From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis Hogan
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Railspot] Black Gold, Texas Tea


It's not obvious unless you see a full passenger train schedule or employee timetable that
the BLACK GOLD did a shuffle between Ft. Worth and Dallas which did not involve a combination
of trains at Irving.
Example:  The BLACK GOLD would leave Ft. Worth and head all the way over to Dallas on the
Rock Island's line.  There it would take on passengers and then depart for Irving, Sherman, and
points north.
Southbound the BLACK GOLD would stop at Dallas before heading over to Ft. Worth.

Cotton Belt passenger trains did a similar shuffle on its own line when Ft. Worth was still served.

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